Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.65 million head on August 1, down 6 percent from a year ago. According to the monthly report released by the Texas Field Office, the estimate was down 1 percent from the July 1 level. Producers placed 475 thousand head in commercial feedlots during July, down 25 percent from a year ago, but up 13 percent from the June 2012 total.

Texas commercial feeders marketed 475 thousand head during July, up 1 percent from last year but down 5 percent from last month.

On August 1, there were 2.3 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 87 percent of the state=s total. The number on feed across the area was down 5 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the July total.

July placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 425 thousand head, up 15 percent from the June total. Marketings were down 3 percent from last month to 419 thousand head.